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JK: Geelani released on bail

Last updated on: November 14, 2009 00:07 IST

Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani was released on bail after his day-long hospitalization while in detention.

Geelani complained of chest pain this morning in the Srinagar central jail, where he was shifted yesterday, after being arrested from outside the Kashmir University campus in Srinagar city on Wednesday.

The hard-line separatist leader had surprised the authorities by addressing students inside the campus on Wednesday, where he also attended a questions-and-answer session.

The state BJP has taken a strong note of his visit to the University and is demanding the dismissal of the vice chancellor for allowing Geelani's "anti-India speech".

Geelani's Friday call for a strike in north Kashmir Kupwara district evoked a near-total response with shops, businesses remaining shut in the district and traffic off the roads.

After the Friday prayers, hundreds of people joined protests in the town.

Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar